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Process Instrumentation and Automation (Learn and Work)Ionstraimíocht agus Uathoibriú Próiseas (Foghlaim agus Oibrigh)

Course Title: Bachelor of Science in Process Instrumentation & Automation

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or 6 award

Must include a pass in 1 of the following:

  • Mathematics (C20139)
  • Mathematics (5N1833)
  • Mathematics (6N3395)
  • Mathematics for Computing (C20175)
  • Mathematics for Engineering (C20174)
  • Maths for Information Technology (5N18396)
  • LC Maths



In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants (i.e. those who are aged 23 years or more on 1st January in the year of entry) will be assessed based on their application, CV, aptitude test and interview. Mature applicants are not required to meet the leaving certificate or QQI requirements above. Please apply online and we will be in touch. 

Additional Requirements

All applicants must attend an aptitude test (date TBC). Applicants who achieve the required score (at least 42 marks out of 100) in this aptitude test will subsequently be invited to attend an interview (date TBC). Applicants called for interview must achieve at least 50 marks out of 100 for their interview. Following the interview process, each applicant’s total score must be equal to or greater than 110 marks out of 200. This total score given will be added to Leaving Certificate points (if applicable).

Late and change of mind applications are accepted, and all late applicants will go through the same screening process as outlined above. 

Learn and Work programmes involve a large degree of work-based learning. Applicants should be able to verify their eligibility to legally work in Ireland.

You will also need to:

  • (a) Submit a CV
  • (b) Complete an aptitude test
  • (c) Interview with the course team
English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website.  

This is a sample timetable for Year 1, Semester 1 which gives an indication of class contact hours. Timetables are subject to change.  Up to date timetables will be provided on commencement. 


Course Description

TU Dublin’s Learn+Work course in Process Instrumentation and Automation provides a pipeline of skilled in-demand work-ready talent into STEM industries through industry partnership.

  • The programme blends the strength of a university education with apprenticeship-style work placements. This course is designed specifically to create work-ready university graduates in the shortest possible time-frame.
  • Each year, students divide their time between full time study blocks in the university and significant periods of paid work placement with industry partners.

Process Instrumentation & Automation involves the measurement and control of physical quantities (temperature, level, pressure, flow and many others) used in advanced manufacturing systems. Engineers use instrumentation and control to monitor and maintain processes for improved production, quality, and safety in manufacturing facilities in the Pharmaceutical, Food & Drinks, Water/Wastewater, Oil & Gas industries among others.

Course Structure:
  Sept - Jan (Semester 1) Feb - May (Semester 2) May - Aug
Year 1 College 5 days per week College 5 days per week Industry placement 5 days per week
Year 2 College 5 days per week College 1 day per week; Industry placement 4 days per week Industry placement 5 days per week
Year 3 College 5 days per week College 1 day per week; Industry placement 4 days per week Industry placement 5 days per week
IT Requirements:

MEDIUM spec computer required (minimum) (i.e. able to run Win 10, an AV solution and Office comfortably. Be able to use Wi-fi and camera to attend online classes). MS Windows 10 based laptops are recommended.

Please search for the TU Dublin offer on the HEA website www.heanet.ie/store

This course is supported by Irish Medtech Skillnet.     



Our graduates work in a rage of roles including Instrumentation Technician, Calibration Technician, Automation Technician working in industries such as:

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Chemical
  • Food and Drinks Processing
  • Water/Wastewater
  • Power Generation
  • Oil and Gas Processing

Graduate Employers:

  • Alexion
  • Pfizer
  • Microsoft
  • Intel
  • Diageo
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb

In each year of the programme our industry partners mentor our students to provide them with the relevant experience, knowledge and skills required to gain employment in the manufacturing and process sectors upon graduation.

Industry partners providing work placements for our students include:

  • Alexion
  • Bonner
  • Breedon Group
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • CalX Instrumentation Services Ltd
  • EMR Integrated Solutions
  • Hanley Calibration
  • Intel
  • LotusWorks
  • McL Automation
  • SGS Gas Analysis Services
  • West Pharmaceutical Services

Graduate Employers include:

  • Alexion
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • CalX Instrumentation Services Ltd
  • Emerson
  • EMR Integrated Solutions
  • Hanley Calibration
  • Intel
  • LotusWorks
  • McL Automation

This is a really interesting course, my work placement is based in bio-pharma, but my classmates are based in all different industries, so the possibilities are endless. This course is such a great way to get working while learning as well, because you get into the industry straight away, get paid, and get your experience built up, which is fantastic. I highly recommend the course, my experience so far has been nothing short of brilliant.”

Ruth Murphy, Year 2

What our industry partners say...

“We have access to graduates who come with a high level of industry experience from day one. Through their three-year placement with us, they’re already embedded in the culture of our organisation, understand how we work and what it’s like to work in a challenging environment.”

Derek Glynn, COO, EMR Integrated Solutions

TU Code


CAO Point Range 2023

352-636 *Interview and Aptitude test included


Level 7


Bachelor of Science


3 years

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